"Seven of the 18 benchmarks relate to Iraq's national security. We can just about put a check next to each one. We can even look at some of those and marvel at the low expectations behind them. Number 9, for example: "Providing three trained and ready Iraqi brigades to support Baghdad operations." There are far more than three battle-ready brigades in Baghdad. The galvanization of Sunni Awakening groups who have wrested their country back from al-Qaeda and the decisive efforts of Iraqi forces in Basra and Sadr City have been the two most vital developments of the entire post-Saddam period."
Point taken. Can we leave now?
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